Sixth time's a charm: Mueller victorious!

Greg Mueller
"I was starting to think I was a second place pony for awhile."

He had been there before but came up short every time. Tonight Greg Mueller got the monkey off his back and finally won his first World Series of Poker Bracelet.

Despite making five final tables at the Greg Mueller still hadn't closed the deal.

Tonight Mueller attended his sixth final table and he can no longer say that he isn't a World Series Champion.

185 players registered for the $10,000 World Championship Of Limit Hold'em and Mueller was the last person standing. He earned $460,836 for his efforts but it was the bracelet he was really after.

After so many failed attempts at winning a WSOP event, Mueller had started to question his ability.

"I was starting to think I was a second place pony for awhile. I had the nightmares," confessed Mueller.

"Even when we were heads up and he won a pot when he was getting low on chips I was like 'oh my god, this could be the biggest choke ever'."

But Mueller didn't choke. He went into the final table with a relaxed attitude and remained focused all the way until the end.

"I didn't put any pressure on myself. I never panicked and I played real disciplined," he explained.

"I was just really confident. It's weird, this was like the least stressful final table I've ever been at and yet it may have  been the toughest."

Greg Mueller
Now sporting monkey-less back!

Mueller hails from Vancouver, British Columbia and a need for competition courses through his veins. Once a professional hockey player, he left the game and picked a different sport to focus on.

While some people agonize over the stress of making a final table, Mueller thrives on it.

"It's awesome. It sucks when you get knocked out. Everything except for first sucks," reminisces Mueller of his past WSOP final table experiences.

"That's why I love poker, it's for the competition."

Mueller's win brought a validation that money can't buy. He already had an excellent World Series resume but, until tonight, he was missing one key component. Does Mueller think this win elevates his status to a different level?

"I think it does. I've always done really well at the WSOP," he told PokerListings.

"I've made a bunch of final tables and I think people were giving me the recognition but until you close the deal and win a big tournament - I think that puts you in a separate category."

Winning his first bracelet was an overwhelming experience for Mueller. It will take some time before Mueller fully understands what this accomplishment means to him, but the smile on his face spoke volumes.

"I'm just going to let it sink in. I probably won't sleep very much. I'm really excited!"

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